DAY 7, Disciples Make Disciples Life-to-Life

Scriptural Text

2 Timothy 2:2 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

Titus 2:1-5 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Exposition

Here Paul outlines for Timothy the visionary aspect of a Disciple.  A disciple sees future generations of disciples resulting from his faithful, life-to-life communication of the sound doctrinal truths of Scripture to other followers of Christ. A genuine disciple makes not only disciples, but makers-of-disciple-makers.

“…entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”  A disciple-maker is to seek such men.  In our churches we would be wise to free all such men to engage in life-to-life disciple-making relationships.  Each faithful man needs to be discipled and to disciple others.  The entrusting is that each of us would ‘teach others also’.  Paul is not making a general or institutional statement, but a personal one. As it concerns each of us, we must determine to be trustworthy receivers and faithful deliverers of the Word.

“Titus 2 describes vibrant covenant life where the pastor teaches sound doctrine and one generation disciples the next generation; and sometimes discipleship is gender-specific: “Older women . . .”

Women teach what is good by reinforcing the good doctrine …train by showing how sound doctrine informs and transforms our attitudes and actions. Paul practiced this informational/relational discipleship dynamic. “We were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.  … we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves,” he writes to the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 2:7–8).  This is life-to-life exchange.

Women spiritually mother women by sharing the gospel and our lives … This is so important in the life of the church that when God sent His Son into the world, He provided an older woman to disciple the young woman chosen to mother the Messiah. Elizabeth and Mary embody Titus 2 discipleship.

…After the angel’s announcement to Mary, she “went with haste” to Elizabeth’s home. The young woman went; the older woman welcomed.  “Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41). God empowers us to be and to make disciples…Elizabeth teaches Mary that blessedness comes from obedience to God’s Word.” Susan Hunt

Application

Pray and ask God to give you a vision for a few men or women who are faithful, and likely to teach others.  Write their names down and begin consistent prayer for them asking God to give you opportunity to invest your life in their life for the glory of God. Prayer is the key.  No Christian can develop a ministry to others that exceeds the depth of his or her personal prayer life, so pray for disciples and be willing to be a disciple-maker!  “…that the Word of God may not be reviled.”

Next day: Week Two Introduction: What is the Church?

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